Cacao Dream Journey with Winter Jendayi

Date: Sat April 13, 2019

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Investment: $20 advance $25 day of

*Advance Registration is appreciated

 

Cacao Dream & Sound Journey

Open your heart with sacred cacao and journey with the beat of the drum to a place within where stillness is found. In this place there is knowing, and we find surrender allowing ourselves to explore new dimensions, carried by the wings of music and purified by healing plants. In this space we find healing; cultivating trust in our allies as we receive insight and clarity from this realm to bring back with us into our daily lives.

Held in a ceremonial space, this offering combines shamanic journeying, sacred songs, and sound healing. The majority of our journey will be spent lying down as we are guided on a dream journey into other realms.

Cacao, commonly used in and known as chocolate, is a medicinal plant from Central and South America which is traditionally used in ceremonies and assists in opening the heart. Winter uses only medicinal-grade cacao sourced from a women’s collective in Guatemala.

Shamanic journeying uses drum beats as a tool to induce alpha and theta brain waves guiding one into a deep state of relaxation and meditation. In this state, intuition is awakened, allowing access to symbols and memories which offer clarity, soul guidance and connection with inner wisdom.


Lymphatic System & Yoga Workshop

 

Date: Saturday, 30th of March 2019
Time: 1-2:30pm
Fee: $20 advanced registration/ $25 day of event

 

Unblock your lymphatic system and keep your colds or allergies away. Learn about the most underrated part of our circulatory system and explore yoga poses with the use of specific breathing techniques to improve the critical role your lymphatic system plays in preventing disease and keeping you healthy.

 

Let this yoga workshop help to transform your lymph into a flowing, sparkling stream that cleans and drains the stagnant ponds of your body—strengthening your immune response and revitalizing your whole being along the way during the colder months of the year.

Healthy Bytes with Ezio Garritano

Hi and welcome back to this segment of the Leap newsletter where I share with you simple and easy to follow steps you can add to your daily lives to bring more health and wellness to you and the family. Hopefully you had the chance to read and personally experience the information I shared in the previous post. If not, it is available in the Blog section and can be easily accessed there for future reference.

I thought it would be good to build upon that simple preparation of lightly sautéed vegetables I discussed prior and add a small but significant dimension, specifically to the arugula, in the form of protein. Amongst the main food groups, protein and its healthy consumption can be problematic for a number of people. What we should keep in mind is that there are other healthy sources besides the animal ones we’re all too familiar with. In the case of this simple arugula side dish, we’re going to add white beans, which can be the Great Northern or Cannellini variety; either work well, and both are a good source of nutrients including protein and fiber.

The method of cooking will be the same. Once the arugula has been sautéed, it is put aside and the beans will be added to the same pan where garlic has been lightly cooking in olive oil. Leaving some of the natural juices created from the arugula in the pan will only add to the flavor. Cover with a lid, but cooking time is quick, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the pan, stirring frequently and adding salt to taste. I usually use a good organic brand of canned beans, checking that BPA was not used in the lining of the can. But if you prefer, you can use dry beans, soaking overnight and afterward following the proper steps.

Once the beans have softened and taken on the flavor of the garlic/olive oil mix after 20-30 mins. of light heat, they are ready to be joined with the cooked arugula. Just toss it in with the beans and give the two a chance to come together with their own unique flavors. Stirring occasionally, allow another 10 mins. or so of cooking time. And there you are, a great combination where two distinct flavors are joined to make a tasty and healthy side dish, good with just about any main course! I know and believe that the simplest and most nutritious cooking is possible and accessible to everyone, as is evident in more remote, less-westernized regions throughout the world.

Now before I wave you on till next time, I want us all to go nuts! That is, to bring in the nutrient rich components of raw nuts to our daily eating habits. It’s preferable to buy them in the shell. That natural protective covering helps to keep the nuts fresher longer. At the top of the list are walnuts, along with almonds and pistachios. All 3 are a good source of heart-healthy nutrients, and another source of non-animal protein. They can be eaten as is, or adding raisins or other minimally processed dried fruits can create your own trail mix, and have handy as a healthy snack throughout the day. Nuts can also be a great complement to salads, again adding a good source of protein and healthy fats to the mix. As a snack or as part of a meal, nuts can help to stave off those hunger pangs and keep your appetite satisfied for longer periods of time. And of course, you can also enjoy them as nut butters, making sure they’re without any added unnecessary ingredients, and preferably raw. Enjoy and feel good about eating more healthy!!!

Herb of the day (and every other day)!

Holy Basil or Tulsi-another adaptogenic herb from the Ayurvedic tradition, this herb has been used extensively for centuries because of its wide-range of medicinal qualities beneficial for the entire body. It can be taken in supplement form, or as a tea. It has a mild flavor, and can be consumed any time of day. Look into it and seriously consider making it a part of your everyday drinking or supplementing habits. I’ve included a link below to get a good idea of its far-reaching merits.

Until next time, healthy eating, and with it, healthy living!

https://draxe.com/holy-basil-benefits/



Heart Wide Open at Leap with Hannah Zackney

Women’s Empowerment Workshop & Fundraiser

Ladies, it’s time to claim all you desire…

Date: Saturday March 9

Time: 1-2:30pm

Investment (in you!): $25 pre-register/ $30 door

Calm is the new Cool.  So is Indulgent Nourishment and Radical Self-Acceptance.

Join Hannah to receive instruction on how to create and claim more space in your life for your truest desires.

If you are yearning to live your most vibrant, free, empowered life, this workshop is for you.

In this 90min Intro Workshop to the Heart Wide Open Pocess You Will Learn How To:

  • Ask for what you really want (and get it!)
  • Prioritize Yourself (guilt free)
  • Begin to set boundaries that work (keep the good in and the ick out)Bring your journals, a pen and an Open Heart.  Wear comfy clothes.  This is not an asana practice but you may choose to bring your mat to sit on.  Blankets and blocks will be available at the studio, chairs too.

If you have attended a previous Heart Wide Open Intro Workshop, please note content has been updated and new material will be shared.

*Note that a percentage of the proceeds will go to Powerhouse Ministries (helping women and children in need) **No refunds day of event.  

Thank you for understanding.


Cacao Dream Journey with Winter Jendayi

Date: Friday March 1st, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Investment: $20 advance $25 day of

*Advance Registration is appreciated

 

Cacao Dream & Sound Journey

Open your heart with sacred cacao and journey with the beat of the drum to a place within where stillness is found. In this place there is knowing, and we find surrender allowing ourselves to explore new dimensions, carried by the wings of music and purified by healing plants. In this space we find healing; cultivating trust in our allies as we receive insight and clarity from this realm to bring back with us into our daily lives.

Held in a ceremonial space, this offering combines shamanic journeying, sacred songs, and sound healing. The majority of our journey will be spent lying down as we are guided on a dream journey into other realms.

Cacao, commonly used in and known as chocolate, is a medicinal plant from Central and South America which is traditionally used in ceremonies and assists in opening the heart. Winter uses only medicinal-grade cacao sourced from a women’s collective in Guatemala.

Shamanic journeying uses drum beats as a tool to induce alpha and theta brain waves guiding one into a deep state of relaxation and meditation. In this state, intuition is awakened, allowing access to symbols and memories which offer clarity, soul guidance and connection with inner wisdom.


LEARN TO LISTEN

Think about those moments when a loved one calls and you can tell just by the sound of their voice that something is wrong. The Pitch and tone can provide loads of information even without the other person explaining the details. This is why learning to listen is of such high value.

Listening is fundamental to the yoga practice. Problems, frustration, and even injury can occur when our attention is scattered. Most importantly, our ability to connect will suffer.

There is so much more we can take in when we communicate if we just stay present. Listen carefully and it just might be one of the best gifts you have to offer.

During the Yoga for Life: 4 Week Program, we will explore ways to go deeper into our courage, commitment, and ability to connect to ourselves and others. Each week you will learn the ancient teachings of the Niyamas, the personal observances of yoga. Discover how the Niyamas serve as compasses in your daily living. Gain tools to make purposeful choices and learn to listen to your inner teacher.

Take four weeks with Tristina Kennedy & Michael Fong to commit to building a healthier relationship with yourself, others and the world around you. Be supported by your yoga community and break through the negative patterns of the past to start the year off with balance and power!

Click here: http://leapyoga.net/workshops/


FREE YOUR FASCIA!

 

Date: Sunday March 10, 2019

Time: 1-3:30pm

Investment: $35 in advance registration $45/walk-in

 

Would you like to improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries? 

Are you still feeling “stuck” despite your regular yoga practice?

If so, this workshop is for you.

During this workshop we will be using various myofascial release tools to retrain the muscles to lengthen, strengthen and fire more efficiently. Myofascial release can reduce pain, increase range of motion and teach our muscles how to move more efficiently.

 

You will learn

-How your fascia effects your overall state of wellbeing.

-How to release the sticky fascia in your body that keeps you from moving freely.

-Which parts of your body need to be released and which parts could use more strength

-Which myofascial release tools work best


Healthy Bytes by Ezio Garritano

I would like to present to you quick and easy-to-follow guidelines that I have personally put to use and that have made a difference in my life, improving immune strength and increasing energy levels amongst other benefits, and which I believe will make a difference as well in your overall health and well-being! 

It is my firm belief that a healthy lifestyle should begin with the foods we eat on a daily basis. With that said, it is important that we choose the best quality of foods and incorporate as many superfoods into our daily meals as possible. What I’m talking about are organic, nutrient-dense foods, which on a bite-per-bite basis, will provide you with the most nutrition available.

Let’s look at 4 of my favorites which all happen to be in the cruciferous family, and whose nutritional benefits have been highly praised. They are arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli and red/purple cabbage. I prefer each of these lightly sautéed rather than raw, though arugula lends itself quite well to salad, as do dandelion greens. But as in many cases, cooking with minimal heat as in sautéing can help release a number of nutrients otherwise not available if consumed raw. Each of these vegetables can be substituted using the same exact cooking method.

I use olive oil almost exclusively, though there are other very beneficial oils with higher smoke points. I enjoy the aroma of olive oil, especially when combined with garlic. So, cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil and sauté the garlic over light heat, and if you enjoy a little spicy kick, add red pepper flakes to the olive oil-garlic mix.

Once the garlic is ready, keep the heat at the same level as you add any one of the 4 vegetables. I cut the broccoli and the cabbage into more manageable bite-sized pieces, as well as the dandelion greens which usually tend to be long in length. Cooking will only take a few minutes, so keep vigil over the pan, stirring frequently as the greens begin to turn a bright, vibrant color, particularly the broccoli. I place a lid only over the broccoli for just a few minutes so as to cook it more quickly and thoroughly. Add salt to taste during the cooking process, and in just those few minutes, you have a very tasty and healthy side-dish which can be added to any main course. With the broccoli leftovers, you can combine them with pasta by simply adding it to cooked pasta. I like keeping the pasta simple in this case, again sautéing garlic in olive oil, adding red pepper flakes, and then pouring this over the cooked pasta with the broccoli.Quick, easy and very healthy! You can substitute any other vegetables which you might have a preference for. Each of these are high in vitamins, minerals and those important phytochemicals which protect us with their antioxidant activity.

Herb of the Day (and every other day)!

Ashwagandha-an adaptogenic herb used extensively in the Ayurvedic tradition of medicine. There is much information available on its use and benefits, and feel it is very worthwhile looking into and considering making it a part of your daily health regimen. Below I provide two good sources as links which will give you much information on this wonderful herb.

Until next time, healthy eating and healthy living!

https://draxe.com/ashwagandha-benefits/

https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/herbs/ashwagandha/


Ayurveda: building a peaceful lifestyle

Wah! introduces this approach to health using Ayurvedic wisdom to develop a peaceful body and lifestyle routine.  Engaging self-inquiry to determine the tendencies of your mind/body, you can take steps to correct imbalances (vikruti) as they develop. Suffering is the first step, it gets your attention.  Then it’s your job to do something about it.  Don’t let problems stay problems; take initiative to fix your problems so you can be happy and enjoy.  Ayurveda means “the science of living” – take the wisdom and apply it to your life!

Date: Sunday March 24th

Time: 1-3:30pm

Investment: $30/Advance Registration $35/Walk-in

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